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Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please

Posted: 3 Sep 2019, 1:01pm
by briscaF1
Hi all. New poster here so please be gentle :D

I'm after a new bike for my 7 year old who has more than outgrown his MX14. Ideally, if this lasts, it will be passed on to his sister, who is 4.

I've looked at second hand (Isla, Frog, Ridgeback etc) and also new (Python, Wild 20 etc) and my son liked the Python Elite 20; it's 9.1 kg and easy for him to lift to his chest. Local bike shop has one on offer for £170.

It makes sense to me to buy this instead of new higher price options as the spec on it isn't far off the Frog and it's weight is maybe 0.5kg more plus I hate to think of a £300 bike getting thrown onto the floor etc. Only downside is re-sale value, perhaps, but if we keep it for years and it lasts well enough for two kids to use, this isn't a problem. I could buy second hand but don't really want the lottery of it.

Does anyone have an opinion on the Python bikes? It's hard to find reviews for them but they seem to be offered by quite a few bike shops and, as I say, the spec looks good for the money.

Thanks

Re: Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please

Posted: 4 Sep 2019, 10:41pm
by PedaloLarry
Can't give any helpful advice, but we're hunting for affordable bike for our 6 yr old. So gonna follow your lead and add Python Elite 20 to our list as well as secondhand Frogs. Ta!

Re: Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please

Posted: 5 Sep 2019, 8:44am
by Vorpal
I don't know Python bikes, but I've seen kids on a wide variety of bikes, and them liking the bike is often key in getting them to ride. Even cheap bikes will normally hold up through 2 or 3 kids before they need an overhaul. They are just frustrating to deal
with because of cheap bits, brake systems that are fiddly to adjust, etc.

If the spec is decent and it doesn't weigh a ton, I'd say go for it.

One of the benefits, however, in more expensive bikes like the Isla or Frog is that they hold resale value. After your two kids have used it, you can still sell the Isla for around the new cost of a Python (or perhaps a bit more, depending on the spec), so the difference in cost is not a great as it seems.

Re: Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please

Posted: 5 Sep 2019, 4:20pm
by JohnI
I also hadn't heard of Python bikes, but they look pretty good. My 12 year old daughter is on her second Frog. One advantage is that they have a trade-in option which made the upgrade even easier, and the price the shop gave me wasn't too bad. She wanted the same bike and colour again, so she obviously likes the Frogs!

Re: Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please

Posted: 5 Sep 2019, 7:05pm
by briscaF1
Thanks for the replies.

I can't disagree that the Frogs and the like hold their value better from looking at eBay etc and that must be for a good reason.

The guy in the local independent bike shop told me that it was a bit like the choice between buying an iPhone or a cheaper android device. Similar performance but less kudos.

Like I said, the resale problem isn't so bad even I got for £40 for it after 5 years as I'd almost certainly lose 100 quid off on a Frog over the same period.

To be honest, it ticks all the boxes for me:
Simple, robust gears.
Alloy brakes and levers.
Thumb shifter
Sealed bearings
Light weight.

I might just have to get my old Univega Zigzag out of retirement to have a ride with him.

Re: Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please

Posted: 5 Sep 2019, 8:42pm
by HJRW
I bought Islabikes for my grandchildren. They fly on them. A heavy ill fitting bike can put them off for good. (Mind you I started out on an ancient Ladies bike that I couldn’t reach the saddle on) not cheap, but they pass down to younger siblings, still in good nick, and as said above, resale value is good.

Re: Bike for 7 yo - opinion on Python Elite 20, please

Posted: 6 Sep 2019, 4:42pm
by KFT
Wiggins Chartres is currently £40 off @ £210 - seems to tick all of the boxes and 8.8kg

https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/ ... itEALw_wcB